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HOW DO YOU MAKE A QUILT?

Victoria van der Laan of The Binderie shares her technique.

"I don't throw a lot of scraps away. I try to hang on to stuff and then play with it and see what happens."

The way I work is generally very intuitive. I'll think, I need to use these colors today and I'm going to do something linear or something intuitive.

I don't throw a lot of scraps away. I try to hang on to stuff and then play with it and see what happens. That’s how the original Mod Cabin Quilt came about – turning narrow strips of scraps and off-cuts into an array of colors, an array of shapes. I'm just going with whatever organic shape each scrap is and then fitting it all altogether. That one turned into this amazing piece.

With patchwork, you put the strips face-to-face and sew them together, making a seam that’s then pressed flat. There's no substrate. It's patchwork, pieced work. Built upon itself.

A lot of times a quilter will work with a pattern or some strict idea of what they're going to make, cut out all these inch-and-a-half wide strips and then sew them all together. I don't really work that way. I work as I go and decide what I want to add as the piece takes shape.

I recently had a show of work inspired by landforms, so in this collection, Boulders, Blades, Pebbles, and Stones are all based on pieces from that show.

Same with Cairn. The original piece was inspired by a pile of rocks in a river. I wanted to see if I could translate that cairn into pieced textiles, and I did. I'm always trying to figure out how to translate my ideas into quilts.
Cairn 01
sewn cotton, 20 x 25 inches
Blades 02
sewn cotton, 41 x 29.5 inches
Pebbles
sewn cotton, 16 x 16 inches
Hot House
sewn cotton, 56 x 51 inches
Rocks
sewn cotton, 16 x 16 inches
Cairn 03
sewn cotton, 16 x 17 inches
Boulders
sewn cotton, 16 x 16 inches
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